Clean-up to begin at Thornes Park Stadium
Thornes Park Stadium will remain closed for the next 12 weeks as work takes place to start the substantial clean-up and initial repairs to the damage caused by last week’s fire.
A fire broke out on Wednesday 26 February causing significant damage to one side of the building, affecting the changing rooms, the gym space and other facilities.
The Council hopes to partially reopen the stadium, including part of the main sports hall, at the end of May to help minimise the disruption caused to the clubs and groups that use this facility.
Unfortunately, the Aspire gym, spinning and activity room on the first floor were areas to suffer significant damage and these areas will remain closed. However, options for the outdoor track are currently being considered.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenienced caused by the temporary closure. It is very upsetting to see the damage caused by the fire at Thornes Park. It is a much loved facility for the local community and we are doing all we can to support those affected.”
Wakefield Council is speaking to the groups and clubs that use the facilities to explain the position and support the clubs seeking alternative provision where possible.
Cllr Speight added: “We are working to open part of the building as soon as possible to help minimise the disruption caused to clubs and groups. But unfortunately, due to the extensive damage to the remainder of the building we have no choice but to keep this area closed for the safety of visitors, whilst we assess the damage and repairs needed.
“We want to reassure residents that there are no plans to permanently close the site at Thornes, and we are doing all we can to get the centre up and running again as soon as possible.
“We fully share in your disappointment at the temporary closure and we will keep you updated as the works progress.”
Those with Aspire memberships will still be able to use all the facilities at other leisure centres in the district at Sun Lane, Normanton, Featherstone, Pontefract and Minsthorpe. Full details of opening times are available at www.wakefield.gov.uk/aspirehealth
Any Aspire members that only use the facilities at Thornes Park, will be able to freeze or cancel their membership by calling 01924 307 820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Yorkshire Police are investigating the cause of the fire and ask anyone with any information to report it by calling 101.